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Family-friendly things to do at Belton

Woman giving child a piggyback
Wrap up warm for winter adventures at Belton | © National Trust / Rob Stothard

Explore our fun family day out ideas, including our indoor play area and outdoor adventure playground. Make the most of your day out with the kids at Belton.

Planning your family visit

  • Booking your visit is no longer required.
  • The Outdoor Adventure Playground is open daily, and the train is operating Friday - Sunday, 11am - 3.30pm, weather permitting. Daily service operates during school holidays.
  • The Ride indoor play area is open daily, 9.30am - 4pm. No pre-booking required. Please note that at busy times, families will be given one hour of timed play.
  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the parkland, Stables Café, Muddy Hands, and the Ride toilets.
  • Sensory bags: we have three new sensory bags available to loan at Visitor Reception. The bags contain ear defenders, a fidget spinner, sunglasses, and other sensory items, which we hope will help create a more comfortable environment.

Woodpecker Trail!

From 10 February.

Visit Belton and discover the resident Woodpeckers that call Belton home on our Woodpecker trail through the parkland. Enjoy a winter wander on this trail and see if you can see or hear our feathered friends, while learning more about them.

The parkland is currently very wet and muddy, so please wear appropriate footwear. Speak to the team at Visitor Reception for more information.

Look ahead... Easter Adventures at Belton

27 March - 14 April, 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Give Belton’s gardens team a hand preparing for spring on the Easter trail, with a range of activities inspired by nature, wildlife, and gardening. Enjoy a wheelbarrow race, learn bird calls, look after the many plants in Belton’s care, and learn some garden yoga poses!

Prices are £3 per trail which includes an Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and dairy or vegan and Free From* chocolate egg.

*Suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergies.

The Servants' Challenge

The Brownlows are looking for new servants at Belton and are inviting anyone interested to prove their worth through a series of challenges.

You will be led through several rooms in the basement and given the opportunity to engage in a series of interactive puzzles within immersive spaces. Would you make it as a servant in the 1800s?

If you think this opportunity is for you, please discover more and book onto a slot here.

Two children on the rope and plank bridge in the play area at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Children exploring the play area at Belton House, Lincolnshire | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Belton’s outdoor adventure playground

Swing, dangle, wobble, climb and jump your way through, across and over the National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground, set within an ancient wilderness.

Play opportunities at Belton encourage challenging playful experiences in a safe environment to facilitate child development at all stages. The equipment’s designed to be challenging.

Only you know the abilities and limitations of the children in your care, so please keep a careful watch on them and make sure they’re playing safely. You’re also encouraged to play in the spaces provided so that everyone can enjoy the play experience.

The equipment is designed to be challenging

As a result, some equipment may not be suitable for all children.

Visitors enjoying a ride on the miniature railway, with a girl waving, at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Visitors enjoying a ride on the miniature railway at Belton House | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Take a train ride

Friday - Sunday, 11am - 3.30pm, weather permitting. Daily service operates during Lincolnshire school holidays.

An adult ticket costs £2 per seat, and a child ticket is £1.50. The money raised from the train is used to help us maintain and keep the train running for future generations to enjoy. Thank you for your continued support.

Attention all passengers, journeys on Belton’s miniature train are now running. Take a train ride through the adventure playground, up to the woods and back again. The train driver writes the time of the last journey of the day on the station board.

Indoor play café

Here grown-ups get the opportunity to enjoy a refreshment or two, while the kids enjoy the indoor play area. Full of challenging fun for younger children, this is adventure play, not soft play. Find us in the stable yard. No pre-booking required. Please note that at busy times, families will be given one hour of timed play.

Offering a beehive, Bellmount Tower and the Fishing Lodge, joined together with hanging walkways, cargo nets, slides and tunnels – there’s hours of fun to be had. During term times, there will be early years and sensory play equipment for younger visitors.

Winter ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activities

No. 13 Make a mud creation

There are three essential ingredients needed to make a mud creation: a lot of mud, a selection of natural ingredients and a big mixing stick. Through winter the best place to find the ingredients for your creation is in the playground. Be careful not to get stuck in the mud.

No. 44 Watch a bird

To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse as you lookout for feathered friends.

No. 6 Go welly wandering

When it's pouring with rain, what could be better than chucking on your wellies and waterproofs and splashing in puddles, soaking up all the fun? You don't need any instructions for this challenge; it's exactly what it says on the tin!

No. 34 Discover wild animal clues

With deer, squirrels, rabbits and more, there are lots of different things that you can search for when you're on the trail of an animal at Belton. Look out for footprints, fur and poo, and you might find something sooner than you think.

No. 49 Watch the sunset

After a visit to Belton, what better way to end the day than by watching the sunset over the estate. Belton House closes at 4pm over winter, so why not head up to Bellmount Tower in time to watch the sunset? Reach the tower from the car park on Five Gates Road.

The deer herd at Belton in the frosty parkland

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